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These 7 Forces Are Changing the World at an Extraordinary Rate
August 16th, 2017, 10:17 AM
It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who first said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” He was onto something. But even he would likely be left speechless at the scale and pace of change the world has experienced in the past 100 years—not to mention the past 10. Since 1917, the global population […]
Nanotechnology | Future of Everything With Jason Silva (Part 5)
August 16th, 2017, 10:17 AM
In the latest installment of Singularity University’s new web series, Future of Everything With Jason Silva, Silva discusses how nanotechnology will transform the world in ways we can hardly fathom. Nanotech allows us to pattern atoms, allowing us to manipulate the building blocks of the physical world. We can move beyond scarcity because everything is made of […]
Gene Editing in Human Embryos Leaps Forward—Here’s the Science
August 15th, 2017, 10:17 AM
Imagine walking down the street with a ticking time bomb in your chest, never knowing when your heart may explode. Or going through five decades of life, having kids, and always wondering when your mind will finally slip away from you. Or worse yet, knowing that one day the same will inevitably happen to your […]
This Free Online Tool Helps Strip the Jargon Out of Science Writing
August 14th, 2017, 10:17 AM
Science and technology have a profound impact on everyone’s life, but the dense jargon experts use to talk about them make it hard for laypeople to get a grip on these fields. Now a new tool that automatically identifies jargon could help scientists get their point across more effectively. The “De-jargonizer” is the brainchild of […]
Get a Live Look Inside Singularity University’s Global Summit This Week
August 13th, 2017, 10:17 AM
Singularity University’s (SU) second annual Global Summit begins today in San Francisco, and the Singularity Hub team will be there to give you a live look inside the event, exclusive speaker interviews, and articles on great talks. Whereas SU’s other summits each focus on a specific field or industry, Global Summit is a broad look at […]
Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate
August 13th, 2017, 10:17 AM
We’ve all heard the warning cries: automation will disrupt entire industries and put millions of people out of jobs. In fact, up to 45 percent of existing jobs can be automated using current technology. However, this may not necessarily apply to the education sector. After a detailed analysis of more than 2,000-plus work activities for […]
The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 12)
August 12th, 2017, 10:17 AM
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Blizzard and DeepMind Turn StarCraft II Into an AI Research Lab Darrell Etherington | TechCrunch “StarCraft II is such a useful environment for AI research basically because of how complex and varied the games can be, with multiple open routes to victory for each individual match. Players also have to do many different […]
Why It’s Taking Less and Less to Manufacture More of the Things We Want
August 11th, 2017, 10:17 AM
Manufacturing productivity has been on a tear. It’s nearly doubled versus construction productivity over the last couple decades. Ever wonder why? I do. And at the heart of the answer is the increasing use of programmable logic controllers. These specialized computers analyze data, act on programmed, complex functions, report on a facility’s performance and hiccups, […]
3D Printed Blood Vessels Offer New Possibilities for Testing Drugs
August 10th, 2017, 10:17 AM
Bioprinting enthusiasts envision a future where we’ll be able to print functional human organs on demand, putting an end to transplant waiting lists and health problems and deaths related to organ failure. That future isn’t unrealistic nor out of reach, but it’s going to arrive slowly—artificially re-creating an organ is a massively complicated task involving […]
What Are the Ethical Consequences of Immortality Technology?
August 9th, 2017, 10:17 AM
Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment—both intellectual and financial—by philosophers, scientists and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be ‘cryopreserved’ in preference to simply dying, as they wait for science to catch up and give them a […]